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Trent Sprenkle was named to the NWCA Individual All-Academic Team May 8.
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North Dakota State Named NWCA All-Academic Top 30 Team, Sprenkle Earns Individual Honors

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: May 08, 2012

MANHEIM, Pa. - The North Dakota State wrestling team was named one of the National Wrestling Coaches Association annual All-Academic Top 30 Teams and junior Trent Sprenkle was selected to the individual All-Academic team announced Tuesday, May 8.

NDSU had the 11th best team grade point average on the top 30 list with an average GPA of 3.1623 among the starters and two reserves. The Bison jumped up 17 places from 28th last season, improving from an average GPA of 2.984. Nebraska led the nation with a GPA of 3.4623.

Sprenkle was North Dakota State's lone individual honoree with a 3.74 GPA. The two-time NCAA qualifer won the 2012 NCAA West Regional title and earned first team All-Western Wrestling Conference honors. He finished the season with an overall record of 33-12.

"The NWCA All-Academic Team and Individual Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season. These 87 young men have proved that they are not only talented competitors but are leaders in the classroom as well. The NWCA Board of Directors and staff look forward to watching these student-athletes continue their success at the collegiate level and eventually as the leaders of the future once they earn their college degrees," said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.

For teams to be eligible for consideration, the team GPA is comprised of 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were the entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

On this year's Individual All-Academic Team, there are 87 total athletes, five NCAA champions, three NCAA runners-up, 23 All-Americans and 77 NCAA qualifiers.

NWCA All-Academic Team Top 30
1. Nebraska, 3.4623
2. Harvard, 3.3766
3. American, 3.3278
4. Utah Valley, 3.2697
5. Indiana, 3.2633
6. Stanford, 3.2292
7. Princeton, 3.2101
8. Brown, 3.21
9. Lehigh, 3.1784
10. Davidson, 3.1669
11. North Dakota State, 3.1623
12. Columbia, 3.1514
13. Chattanooga, 3.1476
14. Virginia, 3.1239
15. Boise State, 3.121
16. Cal State Bakersfield, 3.1092
17. Eastern Michigan, 3.1059
18. South Dakota State, 3.0935
19. Cornell, 3.0868
20. Penn, 3.069
21. Appalachian State, 3.0678
22. Central Michigan, 3.0541
23. Duke, 3.0512
24. Minnesota, 3.0478
25. Ohio State, 3.0455
26. Penn State, 3.0281
27. Oklahoma, 3.0205
28. Purdue, 2.9959
29. Missouri, 2.9873
30. Oklahoma State, 2.9827

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